Tuesday, November 23, 2010

celebrate the hunt

We are on the heals of what is known as America's biggest "Feast Day", but more importantly, in South Louisiana, "Kill Week". Men of all ages look forward to this last week in November, not for the all you can eat buffet right in your very own home...but for the hunt. The weather is cooling, school is out, the office is closed, and some "man instinct" tells them it's time to disappear into the deepest parts of the woods. Whether it's the whole week, part of the week, or just the weekend while wives and moms are shopping, our men are decked out in camo, covered in "deer pee", and holed up in a tree at godless hours of the morning waiting for the perfect shot. As an homage to all the men in my life...and a thank you for the deer parts and products that will soon fill the deep freeze...this week we celebrate the hunt.

Browning Logo cake for my brother. Good luck this week JB!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

junk...i mean CAKE...in the trunk

It was bound to happen at some point, and I've been keeping my fingers crossed that it would go well. This weekend I made a cake delivery...and not the kind where you drive across town. The kind where you put your fragile "cake baby" in a car and drive two hours trough traffic and interstate construction to deliver a cake to another city! So I cleaned out the trunk of my car, laid out a rug with the no-slip rubber side facing up, set my "cake baby" in the middle, said a few prayers, and shut it closed. Cake in the trunk? Yes. Cake travel is best done on a FLAT surface, no seats...ever! Leaving the floor boards and the trunk as my only option, I went for trunk. The only problem, I couldn't SEE the cake the entire trip. Oh, and did I mention that I let my husband drive? This is how our adventure went...

Him: [after hearing news of interstate construction on the radio] "We'll be sitting on I-12 for hours. Let's see how far we can get going the back way."

Me: "Just don't forget there's a cake in the trunk!"

Pothole #1.


Crazy driver who cut us off.


On ramp (the crazy loop kind) acceleration.

Me: "For the love of god, there is a CAKE IN OUR TRUNK!!"

I was a nervous wreck when we finally arrived at the reception site. (I'll skip the part where their parking lot was riddled with speed bumps.) My husband and I get out of the car, look at the trunk, say another prayer, and timidly lift the door open afraid of what we might find.

THE LORD IS GOOD! The cake didn't budge at all! Completely in tact and looking fabulous we delivered the CROWN ROYAL XR safely to the reception!

This Crown Royal XR was the groom's cake at a family wedding. Congratulations Laura and Josh!! 

Saturday, November 6, 2010

baked alaska

This week's cake adventure was a surprise! Some friends of ours were coming in from Alaska and the husband needed a surprise birthday cake for the wife. Although the birthday was on the day of a very big LSU v. Bama game (GEAUX TIGERS!!!), he wanted to avoid an LSU theme and focus on the fact that the wife is a teacher. With the added input that her age and something involving Alaska should appear on the cake, the brainstorming began. We threw around some ideas in our secret emails and decided to go with an apple!

The stars: the big dipper and the north star appear on the Alaska state flag.